I just heard that the well known cloud storage company Box.net says they are integrating Google Docs within its system. This will allow Box.net customers to be able to create and edit their documents without having to launch Google Docs itself.
What’s more, rather than emailing documents, providing recipients have their own Box.net account, it will enable users to share their documents more easily.
Box.net already has an editing feature built into its system, but I understand this is very rudimentary. However, the system isn’t designed to compete with any of Microsoft’s apps, in any case, something the company wanted to do. But Box.net’s Chief Executive, Aaron Levie said integrating Google cloud services will allow the company to do just that.
Around 60,000 customers use Box.net services. This includes an impressive 73% of companies listed in the Fortune 500 group. It also raised a huge $48 million in a recent funding round, so the company is no small player in market. Getting Google on board will be a real coup, and another smack in the face for beleaguered Microsoft.
The company though want to go further. While accessing Box.net is via a desktop or laptop computer, I believe the company is hoping to extend its services to mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices.